A 1776 Washington Before Boston Commemorative Table Medal
Silver-plated bronze, weighing 161 grams, cornucopia hallmarked and marked "BRONZE" on the edge, obverse illustrating the right-facing bust of George Washington, engraver marked "DU VIVIER PARIS. F." and inscribed "COMITTA AMERICANA" below the bust, surrounded by the inscription "GEORGIO WASHINGTON SVPREMO DVCI EXERCITVVM ADSERTORI LIBERTATIS", reverse illustrating Washington on raised horseback with three other officers on horseback, on Dorchester Heights, artillery to the right, overlooking Boston Harbor in the distance, engraver marked "DU VIV." on the cannon, inscribed "HOSTIBUS PRIMO FUGATIS" above and "BOSTONIUM RECUPERATUM / XVII MARTII MDCCLXXVI" (1776) below, 68.3 mm, edge nicks, contact marks, very fine. Footnote: One of the more encouraging early victories during the Revolutionary War was the British evacuation of Boston on March 17, 1776. During the harsh winter months, the former proprietor of the London Book Store on Cornhill inBoston and now Army Colonel, Henry Knox, transported fifty-nine cannons and mortars from the recently captured Forts at Crown Point and Ticonderoga in western New York to Boston. As soon as this heavy artillery arrived,Washington mounted the cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking the city. Under the threat of bombardment the British troops fled to Halifax, makingBoston the first major city liberated from British occupation. Eight days later, on March 25, 1776, the Continental Congress authorized a gold medal to commemorate this event and appointed a committee of John Adams, John Jay and Samuel Hopkins to prepare a letter of thanks to Washington and to select an appropriate devise for the medal.